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In a surprise move, the Cleveland Cavaliers have taken former UNLV power forward Anthony Bennett as No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, making him the highest ranked Canadian ever selected.
The 6-8 Bennett averaged a team-leading 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds in his only year with the Rebels. He also paced the Rebels in 3-point percentage with 37.5 percent.
The Cavaliers expect Bennett to make an immediate impact, boost their frontcourt and support 2011 top pick and Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving.
"I feel like I'll fit in pretty well. They have Kyrie Irving. He's a great guard. He scores, he can get people open. I can do the pick and roll offense with him and it'll be pretty crazy. They'll have to guard him or guard me," Bennett said.
Bennett was Cleveland's fifth first overall pick, behind Austin Carr (1971), Brad Daughtery (1986), LeBron James (2003) and Irving (2011).
The Cavaliers selected Bennett over draft favorites Kentucky's Nerlens Noel, Kansas' Ben McLemore, Georgetown forward Otto Porter and Indiana guard Victor Oladipo, who was later selected second overall by the Orlando Magic.
The Washington Wizards used the third overall pick to take Porter while the Charlotte Bobcats selected Indiana's Cody Zeller as fourth overall.
The Phoenix Suns made Maryland 7-1 center Alex Len the fifth overall selection while the Pelicans took Noel with their No. 6 pick.
However, the Pelicans traded Noel and a protected 2014 first-round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for Jrue Holiday.
The Sacramento Kings selected Kansas guard Ben McLemore (7th), the Detroit Pistons took Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (8th) while the Minnesota Timberwolves picked Trey Burke (9th).
The Portland Trail Blazers snagged C.J. McCollum (10th), the Philadelphia selected Michael Carter-Williams (11th), Oklahoma City picked Steven Adams (12th), the Dallas Mavericks took Kelly Olynyk (13th) and Shabazz Muhammad went to the Utah Jazz.
However, the Jazz sent Muhammad to the Timberwolves for Burke and the 21st pick while the Mavericks traded Olynyk to the Boston Celtics for the 16th pick and two future second-round picks.
After the Bucks picked Giannis Antetokounmpo with the 15th pick, the Mavs (via Boston) then selected Lucas Nogueira and traded him to the Atlanta Hawks along with Jared Cunningham for the 18th pick. Nogueira was highest drafted player from Brazil since Nene (No. 7 pick in 2002).
The Hawks then selected Germany's Dennis Schroeder (17th) and Shane Larkin (18th), who will join the Mavericks as part of the Nogueira trade.
With the 19th pick acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers, the Cavaliers added small forward Sergey Karasev of Russia.
Chicago selected Tony Snell (20th) while Utah picked Gorgui Dieng, who was sent to the Timberwolves as part of the Burke deal.
The Brooklyn Nets took Mason Plumlee (22nd), the Indiana Pacers selected Solomon Hill (23rd), the New York Knicks picked Tim Hardaway Jr. (24th) and the Los Angeles Clippers grabbed Reggie Bullock (26th).
The Timberwolves used the 26th pick to acquire Andre Roberson for the Golden State Warriors. Golden State then traded Roberson to Oklahoma City for the 29th pick, which the Thunder used to select Archie Goodwin for the Warriors.
The Denver Nuggets took Rudy Gobert (27th) before trading him to the Jazz for the 46th pick and cash considerations.
The San Antonio Spurs opted for Livio Jean-Charles (28th) and the Suns capped the first round by taking Nemanja Nedovic.
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Cavs Take Canadian Anthony Bennett with Top NBA 2013 Draft Pick